Tl;dr: UniSwap V3 is great and fixes a couple of inefficiencies of V2, but OpenDEX still keeps most of its advantages over UniSwap with the major one being: it's truly cross-chain. Native BTC, native ETH, no wrapping.
In this community call we covered the last piece of the puzzle missing for taproot activation on bitcoin: LOT=true vs. LOT=false, the new lnd 0.12.1 release which fixes a nasty crash, a demo of the new setup flow in our latest OpenDEX Desktop App Testnet release and saw a pretty cool demo of an upcoming feature for Boltz, which not only makes it compatibly with virtually all mobile ethereum wallets, but also doesn't require you to hold ETH to do swaps with an ERC20 asset like USDT! You can already try it out at testnet.boltz.exchange - dope! 🌿
In this community call we announced our move from "Exchange Union" to "OpenDEX", which unifies everything under one name and should avoid confusion down the road. This also comes with a change in product focus, how we are funded, team members and more. The gist is: we are shifting focus towards UX & end-user facing trading products while keeping our core atomic-swap-DNA (the user is always in control of funds) & OpenDEX will become even more open going forward. If you are interested in day-to-day updates and what we are working on, please join our Discord server and watch our GitHub repositories. We also touched on Microstrategy sharing the "Bitcoin for Corporations" playbook, Elon on Clubhouse & Bisq's new "Cash by Mail" feature.
In this community call, we talked extensively about r/wallstreetbets amazing coup against wallstreet causing hedge funds getting liquidated for their overleveraged short positions on GameStop's stock, that the response of "trading restrictions" of AmeriTrade & others has to lead to decentralized trading networks like OpenDEX to take off, Bitcoin as treasury for non-profits and the new releases of lnd & connext. Finally, we saw a demo of a feature-complete Trading view in XUD UI.
In this Christmas Edition of our community call, we clarified that the recent customer data dump probably should be the end of Ledger, the recent SEC charge probably the end of Ripple and, more importantly, saw an end-to-end demo of a deposit with XUD UI & went through a pretty interesting OpenDEX Q&A session, touching on the different stakeholders involved, why no token and more.
In this community call, we touched on the events of the week and then went on discussing the upcoming release of the next connext protocol version called "vector" (https://github.com/connext/vector), which Exchange Union expects to move to as soon as it's available (2020ish). We also have seen a demo of the upcoming 1.2.0 XUD UI release (and heard a range of excuses why it's taking so long, but also some decent commitment to deliver until next week).
In in this special edition of our community call, we dived into "Running a bitcoin node" and looked at three projects helping to make this quest easier with a Raspberry Pi: RaspiBlitz, MyNode & Umbrel. We had a closer look at Umbrel and discussed how it achieves great UX. We learned that Exchange Union is working on an integration with RaspiBlitz already and that we can expect to access OpenDEX seamlessly via above projects in the future.
In this community call we discussed using multiple channels to settle one trade (will be demoed next week) and and saw an alpha demo of the upcoming 1.1.0 release of XUD Explorer featuring full setup on Windows. This version takes Windows users from 0 to "deposit funds" in a couple of Minutes, seamlessly installing docker as part of the installation flow.
In our second community call we saw a demo of the first iteration of XUD Explorer, a Desktop App UI for OpenDEX and discussion of various topics, such as hot wallets - the risk exposure one faces when using payment channel networks like the Lightning Network.